Silkworm It'll Be Cool

At least, it could have been cool. Silkworm has several qualities in its favour: interesting album art, a number of attractive songs ("Don’t Look Back,” particularly, conflates sincere vocals and an inexorable billow of strict guitar, bass and drum) and a minimal, very human recording approach overseen by Steve Albini. But the band commit the same fallacy made by many amateur songwriters/poets in thinking that, lyrically, obscurity equals profundity. I doubt that even the band knows what this line from "Penalty Box” means: "Obfuscate and endure/Quick like a fox for you my dear/Spent your obsession and now you’re caught.” Obfuscating indeed. It’s up to you to endure. (Touch and Go)